International relations, Political science, Political theory

In cooperation with Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Course date

9 July - 13 July, 2018
Application is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Zsuzsa Csergő

Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, Kingston,Canada

Szabolcs Pogonyi

Nationalism Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Keith Banting

Department of Political Science, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Nina Caspersen

Department of Politics, University of York, UK

David Miller

Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford, UK

Margaret Moore

Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

The importance of territory in the current world order is undeniable.  Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest on the impact of migration, globalization and state succession on territorial sovereignty across many disciplines. In addition to the more “traditional” territorial disputes, mass migration has raised new dilemmas over territorial ownership, peoplehood and statehood. 

The main aim of the course is to familiarize participants (advanced MA students, PhD students, and young researchers) with the normative dilemmas of and political struggles over territorial sovereignty and ownership of territory in the contemporary world. The course provides an overview of some of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives in the social sciences, with special but not exclusive attention to the politics of territorial closure, extra-territorial governance, territorial conflict, state recognition and minority rights. Through the comparative analyses of different cases in and outside Europe, the course seeks to familiarize participants with the different normative frameworks of territorial exclusion and the political claim-making strategies in territorial disputes. In the case studies presented, a special attention is given to the role of state, sub-state and supra-state actors in territorial conflict and minority rights legislation.